Cold or Flu?

Symptom Indicator

 Symptoms
Cold
 Flu
Chest discomfort and cough
Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Common and can become severe
Extreme exhaustion
Never
Early and prominent
Fatigue and weakness
Quite mild
Can last up to 2 to 3 weeks
Fever
Rare
Characteristic, high (102 to 104°F), lasts 3 to 4 days
General aches and pains
Slight
Usual and often severe
Headache
Rare
Prominent
Sneezing
Usual
Sometimes
Sore throat
Common
Sometimes
Stuffy nose
Common
Sometimes

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 

What to Do

Option Type
 Cold
Flu
Complications
Sinus congestion or earache
Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
Prevention
None
Annual vaccination and antiviral medicines; see your doctor
Treatment
Only temporary relief of symptoms
Antiviral medicines; see your doctor

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 

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